Dates for your diary
17.1.2018: Vaccinations for junior infants
09.2.2018: 1st class assembly @ 9.30am
15.02.2018: & 16.02.2018: School closed, mid-term break
19.02.2018: School closed for PDST staff training – Primary Language Curriculum Day
Welcome back to all. It is great to see the children looking refreshed & ready to work hard after their break. With all the recent health warnings about the flu we would ask if your child is sick please don’t send them into school as it only spreads the infection amongst other children and staff and we have children in school whose health complications place them at greater risk of such illnesses. See https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/children-should-not-go-back-to-school-if-they-have-flu-symptoms-1.3344830
We hope that you all had a good break and we wish you a happy and healthy 2018.
STEM Family Project
As part of our promotion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) work this year, we would love to introduce a monthly STEM Family Project for you to participate in!
STEM Family Projects are the perfect way to create meaningful connections between the school and home for science, technology, engineering and maths processes.
January’s challenge is to create something useful that includes sweets in its construction! For example using mini marshmallows and match sticks.
* You may use any item from your home.
* You can work alone or with your family.
* Remember to think like an inventor, be a problem solver, use your imagination and have fun!
* We’d love to see some photos of the process, email us!
* We will display all STEM family projects at school! Get creative and have some fun!
The children are working on improving punctuality in school and “In line by nine” is our mantra. However if you happen to be late please let your child proceed to classes by themselves. This will foster their independence and cut down on unnecessary interruptions to the class work already underway.
On December 21st we had our Christmas Jumper Day in aid of our school and the Rohingya Refugee Emergency Appeal run by Médicins San Frontieres. We raised €591, which was split evenly between the school and the Rohingya Appeal. Thank you to all who contributed.
Works at Castleknock Tennis Club
The construction work at the tennis club will commence shortly. Parents will be unable to park alongside the Tennis Club entrance as construction traffic will be using the road and it will be blocked off soon. A precise date is to be confirmed & we will let you know when we are notified.
Pedestrian access to the tunnel will continue during construction work.
Over the course of the next week some parent questionnaires will be sent home in school bags for completion & return to the school for 22nd January (next Monday) please. There will be an explanatory note accompanying the questionnaires for a random sampling of classes.
Please be considerate and kind to our neighbours when parking at arrival & dismissal times.
Safety is of the upmost importance for children and adults using the school grounds.
After School Activities
Athletics has started back in the mornings with Aidan.
Soccer starts with Conor after school this Wednesday 17th January for 5th & 6th Classes only.
Anyone 4 Science: – Our term runs from Jan 16 to March 20. It is a 10 week term and costs €100. This term will be about funfair physics and marine biology. Please contact Christine (087-6749608) for more information or firstname.lastname@example.org
Table tennis club in Castleknock College: – Tibor`s Table Tennis Club is looking for juniors to enjoy this great game together and play national or international tournaments in the future.
Please contact Tibor (085 1079317) for more information.
RTÉ Cór na n-Óg: – RTÉ Cór na n-Óg are running their annual auditions on 23, 24 and 25 February 2018. They are taking slightly younger children than in previous years, from age 9 upwards. The choir offers great opportunities for performance and vocal development as well as being great fun and an enjoyable social outlet. Interested families can fill in and return the enclosed application form, or apply online through the www.RTÉ.ie website in the RTÉ Cór na n-Óg “Sing With us” section at:
Parent Teacher Association
I wish to introduce myself as the new Chair of the PTA and inform you of the elected officers for this year 2017/2018
Chairperson – Tonya Leonard
Secretary – Leisha McDonald
Treasurer – Sarah O’Reilly.
I am the parent of twin boys currently in 3rd class and have been attending CETNS since 2013. Over the coming year I would like to build a new and positive relationship with Áedin, the school teachers and the Board of Management of the school.
I would like to encourage as many parents as possible that would like to get involved in the PTA, to come along, meet us and actively participate.
Everyone is welcome to get involved.
We have a coffee morning on the last Friday of the month over in the 12th Lock after drop off and a PTA monthly meeting on the second Wednesday of the month at 8.30 in the Halfway House.
I look forward to meeting with and communication with as many of the parent body as possible over the coming year.
Happy New Year , Best wishes,
The PTA will be organising Sunday Family Walks in February and March. Please keep an eye out for further details on exact dates/venues. They are a great way for children and families to meet up at the weekend and spend some time in the great outdoors in places like the Sugar Loaf, HellFire Club and Howth Head. If you have any venue suggestions please get in touch email@example.com
The PTA coffee morning will take place on Friday, 26th January after drop off in the 12th Lock.
The next PTA meeting will be held on the 7th February.
Aedín and Andreas